Preschool Thanksgiving Theme

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Arts & Crafts - (cont.)

Pilgrim Log Houses

Glue pretzel sticks onto milk cartons.

~Submitted by Cheryl's Sweethearts ChildCare

Indian Teepees

Cut 12-inch circles from construction paper, decorate, cut slit
from one edge to center, roll into a cone, staple, cut flap.

~Submitted by Cheryl's Sweethearts ChildCare

Indian Headbands and Vests

Make Indian Headbands. Stripes of paper with a paper feather
in the back. Indian vests. Use large brown paper bags and cut
the arms out and decorated with paint.

~Submitted by Cheryl's Sweethearts ChildCare

Thankful Wreath

Cut out an orange or yellow circle to fit a paper plate, and have child glue to center. Then have them crumple up and glue colored tissue paper (fall colors) to the outside of the wreath. Cut out a bow shape and either glue a small picture of the child in the center of the bow or have the child write his/her name on the bow. Glue the bow to the outside of the plate. Discuss thankfulness, and ask the child what they are thankful for. Then write that in the center of the plate i.e. "I am thankful for my parents." Then attach a ribbon or string on the back to hang the wreath.

~Submitted by Cheryl's Sweethearts ChildCare

Mayflower Ships

Give each child a walnut shell half, a small piece of playdough, a toothpick and a small square of white paper for a sail. Let the kids decorate their sails with crayons. Help each child put holes in his or her sail. Show the child how to stick his or her toothpick in one hole and out the other hole. Have the kids roll the playdough into a ball and place in the bottom of the walnut shell.. Then stick the toothpick in the playdough.

~Submitted by Cheryl's Sweethearts ChildCare

Indian Shakers

Put beans inside two decorated paper plates and staple together.

~Submitted by Cheryl's Sweethearts ChildCare

Indian Drums

Decorate construction paper with indian symbols, wrap and glue around cylindrical oatmeal containers.

~Submitted by Cheryl's Sweethearts ChildCare

Gluing Paper Corn Squares

Materials: Manila paper, Black felt marker, Paste, Scrapes of colored paper

Procedure: On manila paper, draw a large ear of corn with the shucks peeled halfway back (like a banana) for each child. Add kernels by drawing a brick-wall design in the exposed half. Cut tiny pieces of colored paper the same size as the kernels. Have the children paste the small paper kernels onto their corncob shapes. Shade shucks lightly with green and brown chalk if desired. Hints: Either pre-paste the colored paper kernels or dot paste on the children's corncobs. Most two-year-olds will not care to paste on more than six to ten kernels. Have some real Indian corn on hand to show children.

~Submitted by Cheryl's Sweethearts ChildCare

Hand Indian

Materials: Drawing paper and crayons or markers

Place the child's hand near the top of the paper with fingers slightly open. Trace around the fingers and hand but not the thumb. Draw a headband across the base of the fingers. The fingers now can be colored to resemble feathers. A face is drawn on the palm of the hand. If desired the children can then go on to draw the body, arms, and legs. It would be helpful to have some pictures of Native Americans available so the children can see their traditional dress.

~Submitted by Cheryl's Sweethearts ChildCare

Thanksgiving Placemat

Prepare these placemats for your Thanksgiving feasts; then send home as gifts along with Happy Thanksgiving wishes. Write or type the poem--THIS ISN'T JUST A TURKEY. AS ANYONE CAN SEE. THIS VERY SPECIAL TURKEY WAS MADE BY HAND BY ME! HAPPY THANKSGIVING. Then duplicate a copy for each child. To decorate one placemat, glue a copy of the poem onto a large piece of construction paper. Use washable paint to paint the palm and thumb of child's hand brown. Paint fingers various colors. Have the child press her hand onto the construction paper. When the paints are dry, have her use markers to add legs and feet, eyes, and wattle to their print. Have child personalize the poem. Laminate placemat for durability.

~Submitted by Betheny in NY



In The Kitchen

Edible Turkey

Cute Turkey Cookies

We make the cutest turkeys every year by putting frosting on a cookie and using candy corn for the tail a chocolate kiss for the head and red hots for the waddle. It is so much fun and older kids will sit for a long time and make several.

~Submitted by Christina

Peanut Butter Popcorn Balls

3 quarts popped corn
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup light corn syrup
1/2 cup chunky peanut butter
1/2 tsp vanilla
1/8 tsp salt

Combine brown sugar and corn syrup in a saucepan and heat to a rolling boil, stirring constantly. Remove from heat. Stir in peanut butter, vanilla and salt until well blended. Pour over popcorn, stirring until well coated. Shape into balls.

Instructions:
Cut several feathers from colored papers. Poke toothpicks in and out through the bottom of each feather leaving half the toothpick sticking out. Poke the toothpick on each feather into the back of the popcorn ball making two rows of feathers.

Unwrap the peanut butter cup. Using decorator frosting, glue the widest side of the peanut butter cup to the turkey for the head. Using a toothpick, poke two dents in the top of the peanut butter cup for the eyes. Using decorator frosting glue a butterscotch chip onto peanut butter cup for the beak. Using decorator frosting glue a tic tac to the bottom of the peanut butter cup for the gobbler. Using decorator frosting glue two pretzels to the bottom of the popcorn ball for the feet.

~Submitted by Christi

Tortilla Teepees

Use a 7 or 8" tortilla cut in half. Fold into a cone leaving a center top opening and securing the cut opening with a toothpick. Dip 3 pretzel sticks into the canned frosting and put into top, pressing against the sides of the tortilla so that the toothpicks stick. Dilute food coloring with water and paint Indian designs with a paintbrush on the sides of your tortilla tepee. Becomes nice and "leathery" looking.

~Submitted by Cheryl's Sweethearts ChildCare

Cinnamon Roll Turkey

Edible Cornucopias

Our Thanksgiving feast will consist of edible cornucopia's made at snack time. Sugar cones with marshmallows stuffed inside... then a variety of fruits on toothpicks stuck into the marshmallows (apple slices, cherries, grapes, banana, orange slices...etc., etc.)

~Submitted by Carol in Md.

No-Bake Pumpkin Pudding

To make one individual serving per child, mix two tablespoons pumpkin pie filling, two tablespoons marshmallow creme, and one tablespoon whipped topping. It is fun for the kids to measure the ingredients themselves and mix this tasty pudding.

~Submitted by Cheryl's Sweethearts ChildCare



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